1898 French legislative election

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French legislative election, 1898

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All 585 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
293 seats needed for a majority
Turnout75.2
  First party Second party Third party
  Méline, Jules, 1915, agence Meurisse, BNF Gallica.jpg Henri Brisson.jpg Drumont par Nadar.jpg
Leader Jules Méline Henri Brisson Édouard Drumont
Party Anti-Dreyfusards
Dreyfusards
Antisemitic League
Leader's seat Vosges Seine Algeria
Seats won 340 235 10
Seat change Increase 242 Increase 82 New
Popular vote 4,709,657 3,258,661 137,804
Percentage 58.1% 40.2% 1.7%
Swing Increase 41% Increase 13.5% New

Prime Minister before election

Jules Méline
Democratic Union

Elected Prime Minister

Henri Brisson
Radical Left

The 1898 general election was held on 8 and 22 May 1898.

The government of Jules Méline, who had been premier since April 1896, had relied on the support of Conservatives, contrary to the convention of republican concentration, according to which no government should rely on the support of monarchists and Bonapartists in the Chamber of Deputies if it could not rely on a republican majority.

The election was dominated by the Dreyfus Affair, and saw several notable supporters of Dreyfus (Joseph Reinach, Jean Jaurès, Jules Guesde) lose their seats. Twenty-two professed anti-Semites were also elected, including Édouard Drumont. Overall, however, the election saw the defeat of Méline and his supporters: the Radicals were victorious, allowing Henri Brisson to form a republican government.[1]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 8-22 May election results
Chambre des Députés 1898.svg
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats
Progressives 3,518,057 43.4 254
Republican group 3,518,057 43.4 254
Radical Left 1,442,890 17.8 104
Radical-Socialists 1,029,477 12.7 74
Socialists 786,294 9.7 57
Radical-Socialist group 3,258,661 40.2 235
Royalists 607,960 7.5 44
Ralliés 583,641 7.2 42
Antisemites 137,804 1.7 10
Conservative group 1,329,404 16.4 96
Total 8,106,123 100 585

Source: Roi et President

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gildea, R., Children of the Revolution, London, 2008, p. 275